DreamWorks Buys Rights to 8th-Grade Girl's Diary

I wish this story were as straightforward as it sounds in the headline—like, DreamWorks heard that Jessica L. was packing some amazing goss in her journal, but then they accidentally bought Jessica T.'s journal instead (amateurs), and the only thing in there was a bunch of acrostics about how much Jessica T. wanted to… » 10/29/13 5:45pm 10/29/13 5:45pm

On Resisting the Urge to Cyberbully My Middle School Tormenter

One of my earliest memories is the face of my mother, looking lovingly but sternly into my eyes as she lightly rested her hands on my tiny shoulders. "Be nice, Erin," she said. "BE NICE." She's told me this hundreds of times during my life — and as I've gotten older it's become easier for me to resist the urge to say… » 8/13/13 5:15pm 8/13/13 5:15pm

Let's Reinvent the 'Don't Be a Slut' School Dress Code

The classroom is not the beach, young lady. But it's not a convent, either. So why are administrators and busybody parents so fascinated with teenage girls' boobs, butts and thighs? We're sick of adults imposing arbitrary moral standards on female students' attire for fear they'll "distract" their fellow classmates.… » 5/22/13 1:30pm 5/22/13 1:30pm

NJ Middle School Makes Straps on Semi-Formal Dresses Mandatory

In Readington, New Jersey, there's been a kerfuffle over the 8th grade dinner dance. Not a fun "Oh my God, Brian asked you?! But he's a total stoner, Marissa!" kind of kerfuffle, but the kind that requires girls to have at least one strap on their formal dresses so as "not to distract the boys." (That was the initial… » 5/04/13 12:30pm 5/04/13 12:30pm

Fox News Says Middle School Anti-Bullying Class Is 'Lesbian Role Play'

When Bard College students recently held anti-bullying workshops at a middle school on topics like gender identity and consent, instructors split boys and girls into two groups to practice "saying no" in a comfortable setting. Cut to: Fox News claiming that the girls' class promoted "lesbian role play" while boys were… » 5/02/13 10:40am 5/02/13 10:40am

Middle School Bans Tight Pants Because They 'Distract the Boys'

Instead of teaching students to respect each other, a misguided middle school in northern California is telling its girls to no longer wear pants that are "too tight" because it "distracts the boys". Yes, because deviant dames in body conscious clothing are yet another reason men aren't succeeding in this world, and… » 4/09/13 1:10pm 4/09/13 1:10pm

Middle-School Romance Leads to Drugs, Booze and Dropping Out

Fast. That's what my mom called it. As in making decisions too fast, moving too fast, growing up too fast. Fast girls had lipstick, heels, boyfriends. And it was clear that you weren't supposed to be like them, and if a part of you sorta kinda wanted to, you kept it to yourself. As new research from the University of… » 3/18/13 11:45am 3/18/13 11:45am

School Completely Overreacts, Removes Teen for Dyeing Her Hair a Lovely…

In the most foolheaded story of the year, a 15-year-old girl in Hurricane, UT is banned from school until she dyes her hair back to a "natural" color. Yes, this is something that is happening in the year 2013 because the robots won and the matrix is real. Honestly, if middle school girls can't dye their hair, we… » 2/11/13 11:00am 2/11/13 11:00am

Journaling About Your Breakup Just Makes It Even Worse

Take that, therapists: journaling after a breakup makes it harder to move on, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Arizona thought that particularly "ruminative" patients could benefit from writing out all of their feelings in explicit detail like a 14-year-old LiveJournal poet. (More on those… » 11/30/12 11:05am 11/30/12 11:05am

Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Teaches Teens that Sluts Are Like Dirty Glasses…

What goes on in abstinence-only sex ed classes besides a whole lot of not talking about contraception? Slut shaming! At least, that's what's happening in one Boulder, Colorado middle school, where parents are questioning the merits of a demonstration where students were asked to spit food in glasses of water and then… » 4/18/12 9:00pm 4/18/12 9:00pm

One Middle School Makes the Brave Decision to Ban Uggs


Starting tomorrow, students at Pottstown Middle School in Pennsylvania won't be allowed to come to school wearing their Uggs (or any fuzzy, open-top boots, for that matter). No, the boots have not been banned because they cause sluttiness, and it's not by order of the fashion police either. The school has forbidden… » 1/29/12 8:00pm 1/29/12 8:00pm